Scharzhofberger Spatlese 2016

Egon Müller

Spätlese means “late harvest” but at Egon Müller, the term is used for wines made from grapes of superior ripeness or even from overripe grapes. The harvest usually begins very late and the weather is variable, so the ripest grapes often come from the best parcels rather than a later harvest date. Spätlese wines can carry more sugar than Kabinett without losing their balance. While they’re off-dry to semi-sweet when young, they reward cellaring with an incredible degree of complexity. The Wiltinger braune Kupp vineyard tends to be more full-bodied, while the Scharzhofberger can develop into truly elegant wines that defy the categories of sweet and dry.

Additional Information

Intense minerality and delicate limey fruit that builds harmoniously to reveal incredible depth in a long crescendo of mouth-watering flavors.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
  • Winemaker: Egon Müller
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Slate gravel
  • Vineyard Acreage: 8 ha
  • Alcohol: 8.5%
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Riesling

Recent Press

  • Score: 95 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Anna Lee C. Iijima
    Date: Friday, June 1, 2018
    "While its stony mineral nose is quiet, there’s such a kaleidoscope of fruit, earth and floral complexity to be revealed here. Electric-lime acidity is the backdrop to punchy sweet-tart green apple, grapefruit and honeysuckle on the palate. Light footed and filigreed, it finishes with reverberations of salt and grapefruit pith. Better to hold till 2021 but enjoy for decades to come."
    Grade: Editor's Choice
  • Score: 94 Points

    Vinous Author: David Schildknecht
    Date: Friday, April 6, 2018
    Scents of white peach, white currant, lime and grapefruit lead to a lusciously fruited palate strongly citric in its bright juiciness but with less naked sense of electric acidity than in the corresponding Kabinett, or in this years Braune Kupp Sptlese. There is even a hint of creaminess to the texture. A mingling of ripe honeydew melon with alluring, honeysuckle-like inner-mouth perfume further enhances the sense of advanced phenolic evolution that resulted from picking in November, 10 days after the last grapes for Kabinett. To cite deftly integrated acids and residual sugar doesnt begin to do justice to what is displayed here. And yet the finish, as long-lasting as it is, comes off as restrained and tucked in at the edges, no doubt pointing to a wine very much in need of bottle age to show its true potential.
  • Score: 94 Points

    Wine Spectator Insider Author: Aleksandar Zecevic
    Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
    "This is impressively complex and harmonious, with prominent notes of saffron and jasmine framing the core of ripe honeydew melon and nectarine. Drink now through 2038."
  • Score: 95 Points Author: James Suckling
    Date: Wednesday, December 20, 2017
    Lovely, orange blossom and bergamot/Earl Grey tea nose that's unique. A super-elegant wine that underplays its power and concentration. That makes the finish very delicate and deceptively light. A masterpiece of subtlety that you could drink now or any time during the next 30 years.

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